Towering Ambitions: Dan Cruickshank at Ground Zero is a 2003 BBC documentary film in which art historian and television presenter Dan Cruickshank tells the story of the architectural competition to rebuild Ground Zero following the 9/11 attacks, which The New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger describes as "the architectural commission of a lifetime."
You Don't Know You're Born is a British television documentary series that aired on ITV in 2007. It features celebrities looking into their family tree.
The X Creatures is a British documentary television series that was produced by the BBC in 1998, which was broadcast in 1999 on BBC 1. It was presented by Chris Packham, and examined the possibility of the existence of cryptozoological creatures. The name of the show was a reference to the popular fictional television show The X-Files. Each episode involved Chris Packham travelling to a certain place on Earth where the creature supposedly exists, and examining eye witness accounts, as opposed to searching for the creature. No VHS or DVD releases were ever made.
Big Thinkers is a former ZDTV television program. It featured a half-hour interview with a "big thinker" in science, technology, and other fields. The show was originally hosted by Mark Eddo, later replaced by John C. Dvorak. In 2001 the show changed its format, transforming from a weekly half-hour interview to a documentary-style program. This new format was initially referred to on the TechTV website as Big Thinkers 2.0. The new incarnation of the Big Thinkers series was produced by Winton / duPont Films, a documentary film company located in the Presidio of San Francisco. Interviews were filmed in a 16:9 format and intercut with public domain material from the Prelinger Archives. This archival footage was used to create visual metaphors highlighting the speaker's points.
The Perfect Home is a television series of three 42 minute episodes commissioned for Channel 4 based on the book The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton which first aired in 2006. In the programmes, Alain de Botton explored the importance of innovative architecture for homes. He offered criticism of modern developments that build in an idealized fake heritage style, which he referred to as pastiche, often referring back to the example of Great Notley Garden Village near Braintree, Essex. The first programme looks at how the current status quo came about where volume builders are typically building houses with architectural styles harking back to pre-industrial eras such as mock Tudor, neo-Georgian and mock country cottage façades. The second looks at what defines a building's beauty, drawing parallels with the differences between the Catholic and Protestant ideals in their respective places of worship, suggesting the comparison was a trade off between decoration versus a more utilitarian approach. The third programme looks at how the current situation could be improved, with de Botton's preferred option being that buildings' architecture should reflect the era in which they are built. To this end, he approached Bellway Homes with examples of more contemporary designs being used on in The Netherlands as a suggested alternative. Bellway's reaction was quite positive, and they have incorporated more contemporary designs into their Ravenswood development on the former Ipswich Airport site in Suffolk.
F*** Off, I'm a Hairy Woman was a BBC Three documentary about the body image and contrasting stereotypes surrounding women's Androgenic hair, as part of a series including F*** Off, I'm Fat and F*** Off, I'm Ginger. It first aired on 29 March 2007. It was presented by comedienne Shazia Mirza, and followed her as she grew all her body hair for six months. Her introduction posed the question, "what would it be like if we lived in a world where beautiful women were allowed to be hairy? To find out, I've decided to take the plunge and grow out my body hair. Can I learn to love it, and can I convince the rest of the world to love it too?" After six months, she advertised for other hairy women to put on a catwalk show, wearing lingerie made of body hair designed and made by artist Tracey Moberly. It was repeated on the Really television channel in November 2011.
F*** Off, I'm Ginger was a BBC Three documentary about the body image and contrasting stereotypes surrounding ginger hair. It aired on 29 April 2007 as part of BBC's Body Image series including F*** Off, I'm Fat and F*** Off, I'm a Hairy Woman. It was presented by ginger haired comedian Dan Wright, and followed his attempts to get a date with any woman despite his hair colour. Wright's comedy partner Stephen Marsh also appeared. The documentary is about the life of a ginger haired person and how hard they, especially men, have it amongst the world around them. It aims to persuade people who discriminate against ginger hair to change their ways and respect ginger haired people just like any other person. It contained interviews with ginger haired actors Charlie Clements, in which he spoke about becoming typecast as a ginger actor, and about Bradley's portrayal as a geek in the show and Jennie McAlpine, who said she had never been bullied for being ginger. Several members of the public were also interviewed, including a redheaded man who had taken to dying his hair blond to avoid abuse and another ginger who moved to the United States to avoid what he considered discrimination in the UK.
No Béarla is a four-part documentary style programme broadcast on Irish language television channel TG4 and produced by Dearg Films RTÉ/TG4. It follows presenter Manchán Magan as he journeys throughout Ireland attempting to show that Irish is spoken only by a minority of the population. The title is derived from the English negative "no" and the Irish word for the English language, "Béarla". The theme tune is "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day. The first series was originally broadcast on Sunday nights between 21:30 and 22:00 and repeated on Wednesday evenings between 19:30 and 20:00. It aired from January 7 until January 28, 2007. The second series was first broadcast on Fridays at 19:30, beginning on March 28, 2008.
Travelogue of England, Ireland and Wales, presented by Billy Connolly, including clips from his stand-up performances.
The Team: A Season With McLaren is a 7 part TV series produced by John Gau Productions for the BBC during the 1993 Formula One season and first transmitted on BBC Two during November and December 1993. The series followed the team and regular drivers Ayrton Senna and Michael Andretti, as well as test driver Mika Häkkinen, giving a behind the scenes insight to the McLaren team. The series consisted of seven episodes, each approximately 30 minutes in length: ⁕A Man For All Seasons ⁕The Rookie ⁕A Few Good Men ⁕The Boy From Brazil ⁕Friendly Persuasion ⁕The Rules Of The Game ⁕Good-bye To All That The episodes were narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith.
Extinct is a British television series that aired on ITV, STV & UTV in 2006. It features eight celebrities highlighting the plight of some of the world's most endangered species and was presented by Zoë Ball and Sir Trevor McDonald. During the series, the public were asked to phone in and vote for which animal they wanted to receive 50% of the money raised through the phone votes, via the charity WWF. The winning animal got over £178,000 and the remaining seven shared £178,000. A sister programme called Extinct - The Quiz also aired at the same time.
RE:Brand was a British documentary and comedy television program that aimed to take a challenging look at cultural taboos. It was conceived, written and hosted by Russell Brand, with the help of his comic partner for many projects, Matt Morgan. The series was shown on the now defunct digital satellite channel UK Play in 2002. As confirmed in his memoirs 'My Booky Wook' and mentioned on his radio shows, Brand was often drunk or on heroin during the filming of RE:Brand.
Adam and Joe Go Tokyo was a series of eight episodes created for BBC Three. It starred Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish of The Adam and Joe Show and aired from 30 May 2003 to 25 July 2003. The aim of the show was to offer an alternative insight into the lives of Tokyo's citizens, with the obligatory look at a number of gadgets and toys along the way. The show took the format of a mature Blue Peter outlining many pastimes of the average Japanese person, everything from competitive speed eating to manga cosplay. Each episode would end with a Japanese band joining the show to perform.
Ross Kemp on Gangs is a BAFTA award-winning documentary series that was broadcast on Sky1 from 16 October 2006 to 22 September 2008. On 20 May 2007 the series won a BAFTA award for best factual series. The show is hosted by actor Ross Kemp, best known for his role of Grant Mitchell in the show EastEnders where Kemp's character was involved in several storylines involving gangs. On the show Kemp travels around the world talking to gang members, locals who have been affected by gang violence, and the authorities who are attempting to combat the problem. In each episode he attempts to establish contacts within the gangs who can arrange interviews with the gangs' leaders.
Gross! was a cartoon television show that aired on children's channel Discovery Kids. It was presented by Jason Bradbury. Gross used to be shown on discovery kids every week. Gross! was cancelled following the cancellation of Discovery Kids UK. Jason now goes on to present The Gadget Show with co-presenters Jon Bentley, Suzi Perry, Ortis Deeley and Pollyanna Woodward. The Gadget show is now only hosted by Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward.
LIFE ON TERRA, now in its eighth season, is the award winning science and natural history podcast series that explores the natural connections that propel life on Earth. Overseen by graduate students in the MFA program in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University, TERRA distributes independently produced science, nature, and environmental films. We are proud to bring you these unique stories from around the globe that celebrate the wonders of the natural world.
Living Lahaina is an American reality television series on MTV. The series, filmed over a three-month period on location in Lahaina, focused on a group of twenty-something surf instructors and their father-figure-boss at the Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy. Living Lahaina also followed cast members throughout travels to Indonesia, California, and Kauai. Living Lahaina premiered on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at 10:30 p.m. on MTV and was scheduled to run for eight episodes. However, only 3 episodes were shown on MTV. Following the style of MTV's Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, The Hills and Maui Fever, Living Lahaina was shot in the format of a scripted television show. Cast members did not speak directly to the camera. Instead, the show made use of a Dukes of Hazzard style voice-over narrative periodically throughout each episode, to give background or sum up storylines.
Married in America is an ongoing documentary film series that follows the lives of nine American married couples. Directed by British director Michael Apted, it is a similar take on his famed Up Series.
Race to Dakar is a documentary series following actor and keen motorcyclist Charley Boorman's entry into the 2006 Dakar Rally from Lisbon to Dakar. First aired on Sky2 and ABC Television during 2006, it was also released as a book.
The Thirsty Traveler, hosted by Kevin Brauch, is a weekly journey into the heart of the world's greatest wine, beer, and spirit producing regions. Each episode explores the land, people, production, companies, customs, traditions, food, and stories connected with the alcoholic beverage that a region is known for. The Thirsty Traveler was created by Susan Cardinal and produced by Grasslands Entertainment.